The following testimonials have been given by clients over the last few years.
"Simon has completed two projects for our family: my brother's headstone and a decorative garden stone for my sister-in-law. He is a very talented designer and craftsman. Simon was a delight to work with and guided us through choosing stones and designs effortlessly at what was a difficult time for us all. We are all delighted with the final results and I couldn't recommend Simon highly enough."
"Simon provided our family with a wonderful service from advising on our choice of stone, to helping with the design, liasing with the church and fixing the headstone in place. We were all delighted with the craftmanship of Simon's work and I have no hesitation in recommending him wholeheartedly".
"Simon's work is inspiring and professional. He designed a headstone for my late brother, liased with the appropriate authorities, carved the stone beautifully and fixed it in place in the graveyard. A stress-free experience for us that was much appreciated. Simon's expertise covers all aspects of stone carving and he aslo runs workshops and courses on the techniques-these I can also endorse as I have attended some and have been greatly inspired."
"I was very fortunate to have found Simon to work with us on my Mum and Dad’s headstone. Simon guided us through the whole process with care and sensitivity: from initial sketches to obtaining all the correct permissions; to sourcing the stone and final installation. We are delighted with the result – a beautiful and unique hand carved memory which is both joyful and moving to visit. We are very grateful."
"Simon designed carved and installed the headstone for our son. He prepared the paperwork and obtained Church approval. He inspired confidence and was very helpful when choosing the stone, the lettering etc. We were very pleased with the craftmanship - he also carved a most beautiful flower at the top. I would thoroughly recommend Simon for all aspects of this work."
"Simon undertook my brief to carve a Welsh slate memorial plaque for my late parents. Given the size restrictions of the 14 x 12 inch plaque, it was a bit of a challenge to find a design layout and meaningful words that fitted well in the space. I had an input to the design process, Simon was patient and informative and helped me work through an emotional process to reach a successful outcome. I was very pleased that the finished plaque which honoured my parents perfectly. It has subtle presence set in the village church yard and represents a simple, graceful and timeless memorial which brings much comfort to us every time we visit."
"We have commissioned two family headstones from Simon as well as some smaller pieces, including two sets of bookends and a stunning circular table with lettering carved all around the side of a single circle of stone. All are wonderful pieces.
Simon is a pleasure to deal with as he consults fully throughout the process, makes helpful suggestions and is totally reliable. But above all, he is a master craftsman, taking great care and pride in his work; a rare find nowadays. His knowledge and experience of lettering is extensive , and this is demonstrated in the elegant and beautiful lettering he produces in his works, both big and small."
"We went to Simon with a specific idea for a slate commemorative stone for our son. He immediately understood the concept we were after, made suggestions regarding the most suitable slate, and provided drawings of how the finished design would look. He also liaised with the parish council to obtain the necessary permissions, and we were able to see the work in progress during the following months. Simon set the finished stone in situ, and we met him to see the completed work in place. We couldn’t be happier with the result, and Simon’s attention to detail and care throughout made the whole process so much less stressful. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend his excellent work to anyone who wants a bespoke hand crafted letter-carved object."
“Simon designed and created the very beautiful carving on the memorial bench, now situated in Thaxted Churchyard. It was crafted with great care and thoughtfulness to reflect the individual character and beliefs of the person remembered.
A superb artist, Simon gave appropriate advice, and then carried out the project with the dedication and great skill of a true craftsman.”
Parndon Mill Lane,
07701 027 042
My next letter carving courses will take place over the weekend of 23rd-24th March and 22nd-23rd June 2024. There are a maximum of 4 places available. Cost is £220 with stone and carving equipment supplied. Please see my courses page for more details.
From 9th-12th May 2024 I will be demonstrating and selling my work at Living Crafts at Hatfield Park. This year, I will be part of the Parndon Mill marquee, demonstrating along with other Parndon Mill artists.
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